Dublin's All Ireland Sunday Game All-Ireland Man of the Match has big Laois connections.
Ciaran Kilkenny's mum Mary hails from Portlaoise where his granny Patricia still lives in Togher. MORE BELOW PICTURE.
Ciarán Kilkenny pictured with his father John and mother Mary at the 2015 All-Stars Awards.
A story on the GAA website says his granny Patricia has always been one of his closest confidants. It's claimed he even cycled all the way to Portlaoise at one stage after losing a game.
“I obviously have a really strong bond with my granny in Portlaoise. If ever I need some time to just get away I just go down to visit her.
“She wouldn't have be mad into the GAA but she's become mad into it ever since I got involved. She loves it now.
“And my aunties who wouldn't really have been involved in it have just got mad into it now too. So, it's really special to see that,” he said